Route 66

Allocation: $15,000,000.00

Summary Update:

The Cyrus Avery Memorial Bridge renovations are complete. The Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza was completed with the installation of the East Meets West bronze statue, in the fall of 2012. Security measures include lighting for the plaza and sculpture, and a video surveillance system. The elevated base of the historic neon Meadow Gold sign at 11th and Quaker is complete along with the re-installation of the neon sign.  A Meadow Gold Sign Celebration was held on May 22, 2009. Vision 2025 and private funding have provided several Route 66 Station exhibits. Some attractions at the site include historic railroad cars, an oil derrick, and a Creek Directional Oak Tree.  Tulsa County has made additional project funds available to the City of Tulsa for the next phase of the Route 66 projects.

Master Plan Available

To download the Route 66 Master Plan, click here.

Background:

Vision 2025 funds will be provided to improve the national icon that winds through Tulsa known as the “Mother Road.” Route 66 exists because of the efforts of Tulsan Cyrus Avery who would not give up on his vision for a highway across America, and today Route 66 is considered a valuable piece of Americana and international tourist draw. Improvements include signage, streetscaping, lighting and specific enhancements of the 11th Street Bridge. This Vision 2025 project will enhance economic development, strengthen adjacent neighborhoods and promote tourism. The improvement area stretches 26 miles along 11th Street from 193rd East Avenue, then follows 11th Street west to Southwest Boulevard, to Old Sapulpa Road, and ends at the Tulsa County line.

News Stories:

March 24, 2010: Get Your Kinks . . . Worked Out With funds and agreements in place, Plans for Route 66 Plaza center moves forward
By: Mike Easterling, Urban Tulsa Weekly